TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A remarkable offering of hundreds of
modern and centuries-old jewels and timepieces - including stunning
pieces from the estate of Mrs. Robertson Davies -- will be offered to
the public at Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers' Semi-Annual Auction at The Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St. Thomas Street) in Toronto's Yorkville
district on June 23.
Pieces range from a rare gentleman's stainless steel single button
chronograph wristwatch by Omega (made for the Royal Canadian Air
Force), circa 1960; to an antique coral, diamond and gold bracelet, by
J.E. Caldwell & Co, circa 1895; to an art deco enamel and diamond piano
power compact, circa 1930, from the estate of concert pianist, Ellen
Ballon to a Gold 'Fish' Bangle Bracelet designed by prize-winning
architect, Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co.
A highlight of the auction is the unique collection of jewels from the
estate of Mrs. Robertson Davies to be offered for the first time.
Brenda Davies, wife and soul mate of Canadian cultural icon, novelist,
playwright, academic, Robertson Davies (1913- 1995), passed away in
January 2013 at the age of 95.
The distinctive Davies collection features a large array of fine gold
and excellent gem cameos, intaglios and polychrome enamels from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Most of the pieces tell their own stories with intricately
carved scenes from mythology, figures from antiquity, picturesque birds
and fantastic enamelled foliage. Also featured is the silver and paste
ring that Robertson Davies slipped off his finger and placed on that of
the former Brenda Mathews as an engagement ring backstage at the Old
Vic theatre in London, England, where they met. Featuring a classical
figure of Demeter holding a cornucopia accented by acorns, the carved
paste intaglio was to become her storied engagement ring (Lots
"At Dupuis, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to offer a great
range of fine jewels to the public," says Duncan Parker, Vice
President, Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers. "This Spring Auction is
especially exciting, not only because of the excellent offering of
diamonds, gems and watches, but because the depth of history and
workmanship in each is a joy to see. We're also thrilled to be
presenting the Brenda Davies collection -something that won't come
It was in 1940 that Robertson Davies and his Australian bride, Brenda
Mathews, were married; she was his muse and confidante, and was proud
to be Mrs. Robertson Davies for the remainder of her life. Stories
were central to their relationship, spanning theatre, newspapers,
publishing, playwriting, academic life, and, of course, important
novels of international renown. The Davies' home was in Canada, but
they returned to England often, each visit adding to a growing
collection of fine European jewels, particularly excellent gem cameos,
intaglios and polychrome enamels.
Click on the following link (www.dupuis.ca) to review the entire Auction collection. Dupuis' free iPhone and iPad Apps also provide access to the current
catalogue and the sales results archive of recent auctions. Previews
have begun at Dupuis offices (908-94 Cumberland Street - Bay & Bloor)
and will continue Mon June 10 to Sat June 15 and Monday June 17 to Sat
June 22 (daily 10am-5pm / Sat until 4pm). An appointment is not
required. On June 23, Session One begins at 11am (Lots 1-303). After a
3pm Intermission, Session Two begins at 3.30pm (Lots 304-569).
Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers is Canada's premiere auction house
specializing exclusively in jewellery. Their services include buying
and selling through auction, consulting and appraisals. Based in
Toronto, but renowned both nationally and internationally, the firm
dominates the jewellery auction market in Canada with over 80% of
market share by value. The company was established in 1986 by Ron
Dupuis to provide a venue for people to sell their personal jewellery
to a diverse international audience. Dupuis and his team have made
history over the past 25 years by selling jewels totalling more than
$50,000,000. The firm conducts two major international auctions in
Toronto each year - spring and fall.
Image with caption: "Lot 205 An Antique Gem-Set, Enamel and Silver Suite, early 19th century. Property from the estate of Brenda and Robertson Davies (CNW Group/Dupuis Auctioneers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130617_C8395_PHOTO_EN_28048.jpg
SOURCE: Dupuis Auctioneers
For further information:
or to schedule an interview with Duncan Parker, please contact Ellen Woodger (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 416-483-2358.